It’s not always easy to take in the right number of nutrients and because of that we may need to look at supplements to bridge that gap. Because I deal with Cerebral Palsy, I have always opted to go down the supplement route, which I continue with daily.
The following tips on how to take supplements may be useful:
- Multi-vitamins and mineral supplements should be taken either 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after breakfast;
- Always take any additional supplements with a multivitamin together in the morning;
- Calcium and magnesium supplements should be taken in the evening (as they both may help with sleep);
- If you double up on certain vitamins, split them so they’re not taken together;
- Only take separate B vitamins if you are also taking a B complex vitamin. This can usually be found in a multivitamin;
- Vitamin B which helps with energy should be taken on a morning.
If you’re not good at remembering to take supplements, then taking supplements all together will be better, rather than not taking them at all. It’s also a good idea to take them at a time you know you will remember. For any duplicate tablets, split them into individual sachets/bags so that one can be taken with each meal.
Supplements aren’t the ultimate cure for health, but they do go some way to help prevent illness. Some illnesses cannot always be prevented, but taking supplements will help keep them to a minimum.
Other considerations also need to be considered, such as lifestyle and diet.